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Death Be Blue

(Terra Vane #1)

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My name is Terra, and I’m a Psychic. Strange, you might think, but in a world of vampires, shifters and supernaturals of all kinds, I’m not so weird—in fact, it’s my job to protect them. As an Enforcer Field Agent, I work alongside my cute boss’s annoying younger brother, a wolf shifter called Kaleb. Together we hunt down the most dangerous criminals of all, but it isn’t e ...more
Kindle Edition, 289 pages
Published September 29th 2017
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Marta Cox
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-reviews, netgalley
A new author to me but what a fabulous introduction to her work. Essentially we have a world accessible from Earth by portal and it’s inhabitants are a mixture of supernaturals and humans but I’d say it’s the supernaturals who most definitely seem to be on top. Into this mix the author adds Terra, a human who has always suffered from visions and her desire for justice and equality for all has led her to become an enforcer. I’d like to say she’s been made welcome but those with paranormal abiliti ...more
Nisa
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
12.000 years ago on Earth, all livings were in danger because of the predicted Great Flood. So the wise ones of Earth formed an alliance. Each member was of a different race, chosen to represent their species. They called themselves the Hunters of Salvation. This group found the portal for a new place to live until danger pass (Now that place is called Portiside City and our story happen there.). I don't know why supernatural beings didn't go back to earth, but humans went to back earth and now ...more
Tasha Mahoney
I really enjoyed Death by Blue. The cover initially drew my attention and then the synopsis reeled me in. In this case, both really delivered!

Terra vane is a human with psychic powers and has a grim life on Earth before she begins a new life on Portiside. Here she is among varying supernatural and paranormal species and other gifted humans.

Terrra becomes an Enforcement Officer and deals with the disturbances and crimes that occur among the multi-species community. She and her wolf shifter partne
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Beth
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Death Be Blue is a new urban fantasy from Katie Epstein. Fast paced, world jumping between the normal earth and magical world, Epstein provides a new and completely original take on shifters, fae and humans with extraordinary abilities.

I received this copy of Death Be Blue from Katie Epstein. This is my honest and voluntary review. Death Be Blue was published Sept. 29, 2017.

My Rating: 4 stars
Written by: Katie Epstein
Series: Terra Vane
Sequence in series: #1
Print Length: 292 pages
Page Numbers Sour
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Janet Newport
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you NetGalley and Kate Epstein for this arc.

Color me SURPRISED! I'm usually pretty leery of self-published books as I've found the majority of them beyond disappointing....but I was in the mood for something different.

This was FUN. I liked the hunt and chase. The urban fantasy / paranormal was a bit more than confusing for me in the beginning but that quickly cleared up for me (even though I'm still not 100% certain I understand it all). Also, I really liked the various characters and for
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Valerie (Cats Luv Coffee)
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: would-read-again
How in the world have I not read something by Katie Epstein before?

Death Be Blue was my introduction to her writing. I picked it because, let's be honest ya'll, that's a great cover.

The blub reminded me a lot of one of my favorite series, The Bloodhound Files by D.D. Barant. The main character is an FBI profiler that has been taken from her world into an alternate reality where only 1% percent of the population is human and the rest is vampires, werewolves, and golems. Oh my. After reading the
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Mary Woldering
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Death Be Blue
Book 1 of the Terra Vane Series is such a fun read that on reaching the end of the story I immediately bought Book 2. I was hooked. The story is of a human woman Terra Vane who’s had a very unhappy and mistreated upbringing simply because she’s psychic. When she emigrates to Portiside she feels at home in this new world of shifters, fey, vampires and a host of other super natural creatures. It’s still not that great of a fit because she’s only a gifted human, but she is accepted in
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Amber
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this ebook from Netgalley, the author, and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Terra Vane is a Field Agent of the Portiside City Agency whose job is to protect the citizens from dangerous supernatural criminals and all of those who are sent to do harm to them. When her physic powers come across a group of dangerous rogue shifters who have attacked others due to a blue pill known as Royal blue, she and her Werewolf shifting partner Kaleb try to see who is behi
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Melissa ownsbey
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
lovely vivid cover love it
amazeingly written i was hooked
now i need the rest of the series
Terra is a psychic and is mistreated not happy
she travels to potside shes meets psychics and other creatures
who have abbites to
vampires and other creatures was very excited she went there to fit in but
she doesnt really fit in there to well
but soon things change
all i can say about this book is sit down strap your self
in and enjoy one hell of a super natual ride
Southern Today Gone Tomorrow
Ancient creatures came through a portal, vampires and the like, and now they live amongst us and have their own cops to patrol them.

If you are looking to fill a void in that area, read this. If you don't have that void - honestly - I don't know if I would recommend this.

This novel is written the way so many are - quick witted characters leaving them with little depth and real personality. Action scenes not always making sense. And lots of sass.

This isn't the worst book I have read that is writte
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Buttercupp77
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
The author has released two versions of this book - I read the second version (which had some changes). An email I received from the author leads me to believe that she won't be releasing the version I read any more.

My overall perception of this book is that I did enjoy it. It's a fairly standard urban fantasy premise, but the author manages to create a world that's a little different than the usual. I also like that moving between dimensions is possible - this leaves the author room to revisit
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Crittermom
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
My initial thoughts on Death be Blue were mixed.  I thought it would be your run of the mill urban fantasy mystery.  Once I got past the introduction, however, the novel improved immensely.  The plot became more complex and the characters had more depth. Portiside City exists on a plane adjacent to earth.  Here the fae, shifters, gifted humans and other beings live in harmony. Crime is policed by Enforcer Field Agents of the Portiside City Agency, such as Terra Vane and her partner Kaleb.  The p ...more
Elaine
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book has a bit of everything - it's urban fantasy, set in some kind of paralel world with some magic, shifters, witches, and a little romance for good measure. I think that this series might have some potential, even though I didn't really fall in love with this book, it did leave a certain curiosity that will surely push me in reading the next book.
Well the book has an interesting plot, that I admit I didn't understand right away. Many things are not well described and are left alone with
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Christianmichael Dutton
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Consider me a fan.

Ms Epstein's premise of a world apart from our own where elves, shifters (a lot of varieties), pyschics and magic users, fairies, and other races all have to live together in harmony. It makes for an interesting living.

Throw in Agent Terra Vane, a psychic from Earth, who works as an Enforcer Field Agent working a case of a vile drug getting on the streets of Portiside. It's police procedural with a lot of urban fantasy.

My only con (but not enough to cost a star) is that there i
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Susan
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Death by Blue is the first in the new urban fantasy series by Katie Epstein. Terra Vane is a human living alongside supernaturals in Portside. Her job as an Enforcer Field Agent that upholds the law in Portside puts her in danger most off the time. Or maybe she’s a magnet for danger? Terra is the snarky underdog that you’ll immediately root for. To top that she’s got a sexy, wolf shifter as a partner. Great start to a new series that makes me want more!

*ARC provided by NetGalley for an honest r
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Layla
Oct 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Not a bad start to a series. It does need some work but it is still an OK read.
Shannon
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
1.5 stars DNF at 40%

So I won this from a goodreads giveaway.

Let me start off by saying that this book just isn't for me. I have no doubt that there will be plenty of people who will end up enjoying this book.

I wasn't a fan of the writing it came across a little more simple then I prefer. There are good ideas in here but for all that was going on I just couldn't get into the story i found myself bored. I also had a hard time connecting with the characters and wasn't a fan of the main character I
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Lisa Redfern
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Death Be Blue’s protagonist, Terra Vane, is challenged to find her place. In her native Earthside, Terra’s psychic abilities make her an outcast.

Immigrating to Portside, a realm inhabited by changelings, fairies, and vampires, Terra is accepted and develops friendships…except at her job. As the only non-wolf changeling, the team regards Terra as a weakling. She is scorned as the Enforcer Chief’s pet, especially after being partnered with his brother.

Flirty teasing and a complicated triangle betw
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Teresa
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Thanks to NetGalley and Katie Epstein for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

I think this is the first book I ever requested on NetGalley and I am finally getting to review it (three months later). I prioritize based on future publication date.

The thing that drew me to this book was the description; it sounded very similar to a book series a good friend of mine enjoys reading. And to the gorgeous cover. The cover makes it very easy to picture the main character, T
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Natille
Jun 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Jenn
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
Death Be Blue follows psychic Agent Terra Vane in her job as an Enforcer Field Agent (kind of like a cop) in the city of Portiside, an alternate dimension-Earth city inhabited by more than just humans. Portiside is home to shapeshifters, witches, fey and the occasional demon, along with humans like Terra. Terra’s job involves protecting the local citizens and keeping order, but her job gets a lot tougher when a new drug hit the streets and makes citizens of all kinds go on a rampage. Terra and h ...more
Carrie
Jul 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
This world had a little bit of everything. There’s a taste of dystopian future in that this world exists on the other side of a portal (off-Earth). There’s magic, in that lots of paranormals exist in the open and are ranked by species and power. Lastly there’s some romance, for those romance lovers (like myself).

Terra is a weird person in an even weirder world. She’s a human with powers of premonition that are not exactly under her control. She’s the only human to make it through the rigorous tr
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Jamie - The Bookish Attitude
Katie Epstein has this refreshing writing style about her, it's not unlike a lot of my favourite YA authors, which are all mostly paranormal in one way or another, and I think thats half the reason I loved the first installment of Terra Vane so much!
The other half is Katie's character's. Right off the bat I fell inlove with the kickass Terra who is human and her adorable self-centered partner Kaleb. Their chemistry was executed brilliantly and I gotta say, I was rooting for the kid! Terra's roo
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Felicitia
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc
I receive an arc of this book in exchange of an honest review.

Before anything, please note that this is completely based on my personal preference and point of view, I have read a few great reviews and I do believe there will be at least a good deal of people who enjoys this book.

With a bad-ass sassy heroine and an exciting new world, I am completely surprised that I am rating it 2 stars.

There is a lot of things here. From Dystopian to PNR, it may be a struggle for some authors to describe a co
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Em B
Jun 24, 2018 rated it liked it
If you're looking for a new urban fantasy with fierce and likable female protagonist, a funny and sexy partner/wolf shifter, and an interesting world of paranormal abilities and dubious politics, look no further! Terra Vane has a dark past that she'd rather forget, but it's made her the strong human she is today - which is no small thing, when she has to compete in a world full of powerful supernaturals.

As an Enforcer Field Agent, Terra and her partner Kaleb are used to unusual and violent case
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Qukatheg
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: review-copy, fantasy
I received this book for free through Voracious Readers Only.

Terra Vane is a psychic and an Enforcer Field Agent (a sort of detective) in the city of Portiside, a pocket dimension that houses a multitude of supernatural people and creatures. While investigating a rogue shifter attack she stumbles upon an even bigger and more sinister complot.
Terra is a bad-ass heroine: a human working in a field that usually only employs shifters because of their increased physical strength. She is more than a m
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Penny
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The very first thing I must say is that I was really impressed with this book. I have never read a book by her before, but I will make sure to read more in the future. The characters were engaging, the book had a really interesting plot, and I loved the writing. I was a little surprised about the romance, as I can see her with two of the characters in the book. Maybe it’ll turn out different, but I am not disappointed at the moment; I liked both characters as her love interest. I was a little ha ...more
Shipofools999
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: free-on-kindle
Urban fantasy (paranormal and werewolves/vampires/fairy) + Cop

Portside is a city in a pocket universe for the elder races to escape disaster on Earth. It is broken into 4 quadrants and has a council watching over how things are run. The role of police are covered by enforcers which are mostly werewolves because they are sturdy stock. They cover major crimes like murder. Minor things like braking into shops is up to locals creating their own watch groups.

Our main character had a hard time growin
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Dawn Dawn
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: am
Incredibly well-written and fast-paced! From the moment I saw the book cover until I read the first page, I knew this was going to be a very interesting book. It's a combination of history and fantasy, with amazingly developed characters and well-rounded dialogues. The author clearly has a gift for writing and it will get you hooked from the witty conversations to the imagery alone. Not only that, she managed to weave a fantasy world that is reminiscent to The Mortal Instruments and other YA boo ...more
Notthatcatwoman
Aug 08, 2018 rated it liked it
2 1/2 stars out of 5.

What I Liked:
- The idea of a pocket realm.
- The supporting characters.
- At least when Terra the MC put herself into stupid situations she told/warned back up first.
- The style of writing. The story itself flowed well.

What I Didn't Like:
- The 'romance'. The whole falling for someone you can't be with has been done to death. How is it ever going to work? Is Terra going to become so uber Mary-Sue that she's suddenly accepted?
- How obvious the bad guy was but yet the how and t
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Katie Carys previously wrote under the name of Katie Epstein and is slowly transitioning to a new phase to encompass all stories under the umbrella of fantasy romance. She loves anything magical, and the spiritual and supernatural fascinates her. On a journey to becoming a bohemian gypsy with a soul that sings to the stars through her writing, she’s embracing a fresh start, turning a new page, and ...more

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